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Outdoors

  • Endangered species day Friday

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day on Friday to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.
    To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

  • FWC hunting classes offered in Levy County

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is offering two free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in Levy County. The first class is May 17-18 in Bronson, and the second class in May 21 in Chiefland.

  • Gators fishing national championship to be televised

    Tune in Sunday from 1-2 p.m. to “FLW Outdoors” on VERSUS for complete coverage of the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship on Kentucky Lake. The one-hour show highlights the University of Florida’s second consecutive national championship victory.

  • Time to apply for fall special-opportunity hunts

    If you haven’t been seeing the quantity or quality of game you’d like, you may want to consider applying for a special-opportunity hunt.  For the past 14 years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has offered these unique fall-season hunts for deer, wild hog and released quail on arguably the state’s best public hunting lands.  Maybe it’s time you look into getting in on the action and experience the hunt of a lifetime.            

  • Beachgoers can help biologists learn about spawning horseshoe crabs

    This spring, mating horseshoe crabs will gather at sandy beaches throughout the state. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute need help from the public to identify horseshoe crab spawning areas. 

  • Classes get kids hooked on fishing

    Mike Lesso and Dave Morse of the Jacksonville Youth Summer Fishing Clinics can say they've taken more than 50,000 kids fishing.

  • FWC offers special hunts on refuges

    This fall, Northwest Florida offers special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and a unique “big-game” hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR. 

    The application period for these hunts begins at 10 a.m. May 3 and continues through 11:59 p.m. June 9.

  • Scallop season will open one week early

       Staff report
       Floridians received a gift today when it was announced that the bay scallop start date has been pushed up from July 1 to June 24, and extended for two weeks from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14.
       Midday Tuesday, Senator Charlie Dean emerged from a meeting with the Florida Cabinet in the Panhandle and announced that they approved his request to open scallop season one week early and extend the season for two weeks.

  • Florida's wily coyotes adapt to change

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wile E. Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Road Runner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.

    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the Southeastern part of the country.

  • The adaptable and wily coyote

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wile E. Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Road Runner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.
    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the southeastern part of the country.